Global lockdown to fight the coronavirus outbreak

Sweeping measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus have been adopted by countries around the world, imposing travel restrictions, shutting down airports and completely sealing their borders.

Italy was the first European country to impose severe restrictions on movement to contain the illness. But a week after the curbs were imposed, the infection is still spreading and hospitals in the north are at breaking point.

France and Spain joined Italy in imposing lockdowns on tens of millions of people, Australia ordered self-isolation of arriving foreigners and other countries extended entry bans as the world sought to contain the spreading coronavirus.

Several countries imposed bans on mass gatherings, shuttered sporting, cultural and religious events, while medical experts are urging people to practise “social distancing”.

A French Police Nationale officer gestures and talks to a man on the “Promenade des Anglais” in the French Riviera city of Nice, on March 18, 2020, a day after a strict lockdown came into effect in France to stop the spread of the COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus. – A strict lockdown requiring most people in France to remain at home came into effect at midday on March 17, 2020, prohibiting all but essential outings in a bid to curb the coronavirus spread. The government has said tens of thousands of police will be patrolling streets and issuing fines of 135 euros ($150) for people without a written declaration justifying their reasons for being out. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP)
A view shows clearer waters by gondolas in Venice’s Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge (Rear L) on March 17, 2020 as a result of the stoppage of motorboat traffic, following the country’s lockdown within the new coronavirus crisis. (Photo by ANDREA PATTARO / AFP)
epa08304659 The Neues Off movie theater with its Marquee (letter board) banner reading ‘Home Alone’ and a sad smiley face in Berlin, Germany, 18 March 2020. Many closed entertainment venues in the German capital chose to present an optimistic or socially aware text on their Marquee, instead of the program that is usually presented. The German government and local authorities are heightening measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the COVID-19 disease. EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER ATTENTION: This Image is part of a PHOTO SET
A lorry traffic jam is seen at the German-Polish border checkpoint Forst near Cottbus during the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Germany, March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

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